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The 6 Best Winter Activities in NYC

Winter is a special time of year in New York City and its surrounding areas, making it the perfect time to make lasting memories with your family. We asked our team for their top picks for how to make the most of winter in NYC, so you can have some fun outside of the house!

Children enjoying winter activities

Ski Trip

Getting out of the city this winter may be just the activity that you need to relax and unwind while still having a blast. A ski trip with the family may seem like a logistical nightmare, but this TimeOut article lists all of the best places to go near the city for every skill level. You and the kids will be getting plenty of exercise and fresh air that can be hard to come by in the winter months. With a little bit of planning and no car needed, skiing may be this year’s favorite memory for your family. 

New York Public Library 

If you are looking for some free entertainment for your children this wintertime, the New York Public Library has a calendar that is packed full of events. Whether you’re looking for story time, after school activities, or arts and crafts, the local library has all you need to provide your children with an educational, good time. With over 93,000 programs each year, you will be sure to find a fun activity for your family this wintertime! 

Central Park Ice Skating

As we’ve talked about before, ice skating in the city is one of the most quintessential New York activities available during the winter. The Wollman Rink in Central Park is a notable location to glide for hours with your family and friends. Here’s to safe skates and warm winter wishes while you spin around on the ice!

The GIANT Room

This Midtown center is the perfect place to escape the winter chill for a STEAM workshop, some after school fun, or open studio project! The space is set up for you and your child to reserve a spot and let your creativity flow or follow along in one of their workshops. The activities are meant to be fun, educational, and a little out-of-the-box. It’s open seven days a week and is best suited for families with children aged 2-12. 

Indoor Playgrounds

We all know that child who lives to be at the park, and freezing rain or dramatic wind can certainly make those trips a little trickier. These indoor playgrounds located throughout the city are the perfect answer! Your little one can still get that afternoon energy out—without having to wear four layers of clothes.

Pip’s Island

Interactive theater made just for kids? Yes please! This show was made specifically to get children involved and inspire their imaginations. This adorable review showcases all the fun and adventure, best suited for children aged 4-10. Be sure to book your tickets in advance because this show is popular!

Thinking of bringing your family to one of these super fun winter activities? Tag SmartSitting in your Facebook and Instagram posts so we can see and share your posts on our channels. Looking for more winter activities for your family? Make sure you sign up for our newsletter for all the latest info coming from our team, and check out this blog post on more great activities for kids in NYC.  

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